Royal Air Force Greatworth

962 Signals Unit

G. B.

If you were at Greatworth in any capacity, then register and join in an expanding membership of old friends and comrades.

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79 Comments

Reply Amanda
8:20 AM on April 7, 2017 

Please could the owner of the website get in touch with me?

 

I'm the managing agent for the freeholder of Greatworth Park and we love your website and would like to see if we could make a permanent exhibition up here of your history.

Reply Elaine Watson
2:46 PM on March 19, 2017 

I wonder if anyone remembers my uncle Clifford (Cliff) Russell , born 1932, who was at RAF Greatworth during the 1950's. I would love to be able to help him bring back some memories. 

Reply John Hanson retired Police UK
9:17 AM on May 23, 2016 

Hi Im currently in the process of completing a book with retired Colonel Charles Halt on the mysterious events that took place oustide RAF Woodbridge in December 1980. I have found a reference to an incidnet that was said to have occurred at 8.15pm in?( RAF Greatworth Oxon when it was reported a man and woman sighted an object for 20minutes  described as mulit shaped showing square lights which according to Contact UK UFO Group left the couple feeling very frightened. As a retired Police Officer who had no such interest after leaving the West Mids Police in 1995, there wasa time I would have laughed at such reports not know! Its taken me 20 years just to write up the period 1910-1990!

If anyone has knowledge of this or other strange events please contact me on 0121.445.0340 or email johndawn1@sky.com Thanks 

Reply M Hall
12:16 PM on February 18, 2016 

 

There are a couple of members living within the Greatworth area Victoria, put up yopur profile to kick off the membership and you should be able to PM them? Plus a blog?

 

Tom


Victoria Jackson says...




Also would be great to see you guys have another reunion this is a great group and I may have an idea

Reply Victoria Jackson
4:48 PM on February 16, 2016 

Also would be great to see you guys have another reunion this is a great group and I may have an idea


Reply Victoria Jackson
4:42 PM on February 16, 2016 

Hello, My name is Victoria Jackson and I am a teacher in Aston-le-Walls (about 8 miles from Greatworth), I have been talking to my Father-in-Law abotu RAF Greatworth and I am interested to find out if anyone associated with this site would be willing to come and speak to my children about this as our topic this term is Messages from me to you and Communication in the past. If anyone would like to do this, please get in touch and if you have any memoribilia even better. Many Thanks 

Reply guest
5:49 PM on February 7, 2016 

I discovered this site by accident, and very pleased to have done so.

 

In the 60s I worked for F.I.D.S. (Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey, as it was when I joined), and later re-named British Antarctic Survey, as a wireless operator in Stanley.

 

We had a Marconi1 SWB 11Q, a smaller one, was it the SWB 9? and a More modern Marconi "TGS". This had a remote control unit in the receiving room at the east of town. The transmitters and aerial farm

 

 

Reply Gordon Eden
12:31 PM on October 4, 2015 

I was married at RAF Stafford in October 1965 but did not expect to get a MQ very soon so I put in for an exchange posting and one came up at Greatworth with a MQ for almost immediate occupation.  We lived at No 1 Astral Row, now a private house.  I was the Station Clerk, there were I believe about 36 RAF members of staff on the whole camp.  One OMQ occupied by the only officer, Flt Lt DGW Eeles.  There was a combined Mess although when I visited the site some 15 years ago it had been taken over by a local farmer and housed some pigs.  I still have the sign saying "Airmen's Dining Room" above the dining room in my house today!  - Should I re-write that?

I remember that because it was a transmitting station, the aerials interfered with the TV reception.  Only 2 channels then, I believe, Black & White, BBC and ITV.  I am not sure which way round it was but when the 1966 World Cup was being screened someone "no names no packdrill', lowered the power so that we in MQs and parts of the village could watch the match.  Thanks for that!

I seem to remember there were two big banks of transmitters in the main hall.  I expect that the work that they did is now probably done on a laptop computer, hence no need for RAF Greatworth!.

My daughter, Natalie was born in Brackley Cottage Hospital on 20 July 1967.  

I remember Fred Chester from the village.  I left Greatworth after about two very happy years of a pretty laid back existence. 

Reply Rob McTait
7:10 PM on August 9, 2015 

Sandra, if you're still the owner of the pub in Greatworth village, otherwise known as "Hookies" I would like you to take a copy my photo of the pub 1964/65 the one that rather looks like an old "sepier" print!

Regards, Rob McTait, ex GTW

Reply Rob McTait
7:06 PM on August 9, 2015 

Sandra Turner says...

Hi my son Dom and I took over  at The Inn at Greatworth  in late  November last year  and are in love with the village already. We are in the process of getting a website up and running and would very much like to include some photos that record the pub  and villlage as it was,  as far back as it is possible to go.  We  have seen the lovely picture  of the Inn circa 1964 on this site  and wondered if it is copyrighted as we would very much like to include it on the site. Would there be any objection to this? Also we were  wondering whether it would be possible  to make an  appeal to your members  in relation to any 'historical' photos of The Inn and the imediate vicinity that they  may be wiling to let us have access to, so we could  copy,  use. and return. Any suitable pictures  in poor condition we would be happy to get restored at our expense before returning.

Hope you don't mind this slightly cheeky  request,  and that you will be joining this year for your annual reunion.

Kind Regards

Sandra Turner

Reply Mike Constable
2:39 PM on June 28, 2015 

Afraid I do not have any knowledge of the adults Martin/Tom.  Daughter was Sue and we knew her as Eeles.  I believe she married an army officer. I may have a contact for Alan Wilson who also lived in the married quarters until 64 when he left school and joined the RAF - if so I will ask him.  His father was also on the camp.  Sue must have left about the same time.

Dad always said it was a major aerial build in 44 and then he stayed on.  The generators were put in at that time.  Although there was no guard room at the gate, there was one in the first hut you came to on the road in about 1950 when I first remember the site. Went in it a number of times.

 

 

Do you remember Flt Lt George Eales's wifes Names Mike, her first name and her maiden name? Their children's names too would be great.

Bletchley Park informed me that RAF Greatworth was tx's for them early in the war, but there would have been continuous development through the war as technology advanced, by the war's end it was a big site.

[/Martin (aka Tom Hall)]

Reply M Hall
12:34 PM on June 26, 2015 

Mike Constable says...

Still not sure about the earliest date for RAF Greatworth.  After recovering from being invalided out of the Army my father, Ellis Constable, was the civilan night watchman on the site during the 1944 erection of the Transmitting Aerials - I still have a little bit of the copper wire that was 'acquired' at that time!  He joined the civilian staff of the camp once it was operational as one of the shift' engine drivers' on the standby generating sets. Blackstone diesels. I have a vague memory of there being three sets, but I was quite young when I visited.  Can clearly remember a large sectional water tank which I was told was for cooling the valves.  I did walk through the Transmitter Hall once, and turned up at the guardroom on one occasion having walked over from Sulgrave where we lived.  When the stand by generators were replaced with auto starts I think Dad stayed on as a stoker and when that was automated too, he became the civilian electrician's mate.  Technically he was still working there when he died in 1963 although he had been ill for sometime before that.  In 1947 he used to walk to work over the top of the snow drifts which cut the site off by road. Fl Lt Eeeles daughter used to travel on the same school bus as myself in the early 60s.

Do you remember Flt Lt George Eales's wifes Names Mike, her first name and her maiden name? Their children's names too would be great.

Bletchley Park informed me that RAF Greatworth was tx's for them early in the war, but there would have been continuous development through the war as technology advanced, by the war's end it was a big site.

Reply Mike Constable
11:22 AM on June 26, 2015 

Still not sure about the earliest date for RAF Greatworth.  After recovering from being invalided out of the Army my father, Ellis Constable, was the civilan night watchman on the site during the 1944 erection of the Transmitting Aerials - I still have a little bit of the copper wire that was 'acquired' at that time!  He joined the civilian staff of the camp once it was operational as one of the shift' engine drivers' on the standby generating sets. Blackstone diesels. I have a vague memory of there being three sets, but I was quite young when I visited.  Can clearly remember a large sectional water tank which I was told was for cooling the valves.  I did walk through the Transmitter Hall once, and turned up at the guardroom on one occasion having walked over from Sulgrave where we lived.  When the stand by generators were replaced with auto starts I think Dad stayed on as a stoker and when that was automated too, he became the civilian electrician's mate.  Technically he was still working there when he died in 1963 although he had been ill for sometime before that.  In 1947 he used to walk to work over the top of the snow drifts which cut the site off by road. Fl Lt Eeeles daughter used to travel on the same school bus as myself in the early 60s.

Reply Guest
2:31 PM on May 11, 2015 

Hi All,

 

I'm currently involved in the process of setting up the Heritage Center at RAF Upper Heyford and would love to make contact as our bases are intertwined. I live in Brackley and am alsoo looking to find out some details for an Elderly Lady whos husband has recently passed away. Her Husband was based at Greatworth in the 60s. I'd be grateful if someone could please contact me at dave.goshorn@RAFUHHC.org.uk

 

Thanks!

 

 

Dave

Reply Martin aka Tom
4:00 AM on November 24, 2014 

Philip Furnivall says...

served from 1976 

Good to hear from you Phillip, any memories of those sunny days?